Friday, May 20

CHARGES DROPPED IN FATAL CRASH

Charges have been dropped against a 45-year-old Columbus man arrested in connection with a fatal accident involving a pedestrian, in Licking County. Shane Finley had been charged with failure to stop after an accident May 8 near the intersection of Ohio and Hirst Road that resulted in the death of 57-year-old Frederick Thompson, of Hebron. The charge was dismissed without prejudice meaning the prosecutor could re-file charges at a later time.

CRUISER CARAVAN

Today, the Licking County Sheriff's Office and local Licking County law enforcement agencies will honor fallen officers with a cruiser caravan for Light Ohio Blue. If you would like to show your support for the caravan and the fallen officers and their families, consider lining the route when they come through. They will be coming through Kirkersville between 6:45-7:30 pm from east to west on National Road. The caravan will continue through Pataskala up Main Street roughly between 7:45-8:15 pm. The final stop will be at the Licking County Courthouse before 9:00 pm.

CODE TF GRANT

Ohio has awarded over $3.6 million to 41 local law enforcement agencies in support of their drug task forces. The Licking County Sheriff's Office is receiving over $161,000.

Lieutenant Paul Cortright is commander of the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force which encompasses six counties – Licking, Coshocton, Guernsey, Knox, Muskingum and Perry.

BUCKLE UP!

During the last five years, 2,443 people who were not wearing an available safety belt were killed in traffic crashes in Ohio. Another 10,400 people suffered serious injuries. Law enforcement agencies across the area urge people to buckle up before hitting the road.

RED CROSS NEEDS WORKERS

The Red Cross is looking for workers.

Spokesman Don Hawkins said the hiring event will be held Thursday, May 26 from 10:00am-4:00pm at their offices at 995 East Broad Street in Columbus. Visit www.redcross.org/jobs

UNITED WAY GRANT

The United Way of Licking County's next Community Impact grant cycle will be kicking off soon. Last year, the United Way awarded $1 million to programs serving the community in the priority areas of Children, Youth, & Families; Behavioral Health; and Poverty & Homelessness. The Community Impact Grant is available to programs of eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or divisions of government that serve individuals or address the three previously stated priority areas in Licking County. This year’s application will become available on June 6.